Canto fastest in Phillip Island co-driver practice

Dean Canto in The Bottle-O Falcon

Dean Canto in The Bottle-O Falcon

Dean Canto has continued The Bottle-O Racing Falcon’s strong Friday performances this season by topping the co-driver practice session at Phillip Island.

The long-time Ford Performance Racing endurance specialist completed 13 laps during the 30 minute session, recording a best of 1:35.05s.

Steven Richards, Paul Dumbrell and David Russell rounded out the top four having all lapped within 0.05s of Canto’s effort.

Luke Youlden, John McIntyre Nick Percat, Cameron McConville, David Besnard and Andrew Jones filled fifth through 10th.

All 25 co-drivers present at the circuit turned laps in the session.

Dumbrell, who will drive with Jamie Whincup at Sandown and Bathurst, completed 11 laps in Craig Lowndes’ #888 Commodore before completing out and in-laps in the #1 entry in the closing minutes.

Lowndes’ endurance partner Warren Luff is in Germany this weekend competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hour.

The session was run in cool but dry conditions, with a consistent wind pushing the cars down the main straight.

The second V8 Supercars practice session will kick-off at 1310 local time. Drivers in the lower 50 percent of the championship standings and all endurance co-drivers will be permitted to take part.

See below for the full Practice 0 times

1 The Bottle-O Racing Team Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG 1:35.0472
2 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 1:35.0778 0:00.0306
3 TeamVodafone Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.0954 0:00.0482
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing David Russell Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.0966 0:00.0494
5 SP Tools Racing Luke Youlden Ford Falcon FG 1:35.3744 0:00.3272
6 Trading Post FPR Ford John McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 1:35.3946 0:00.3474
7 Holden Racing Team Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.4593 0:00.4121
8 Holden Racing Team Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.5740 0:00.5268
9 Lockwood Racing David Besnard Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.5814 0:00.5342
10 Team Norton DJR Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 1:35.7244 0:00.6772
11 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.7612 0:00.7140
12 Fujitsu Racing GRM Greg Ritter Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.7667 0:00.7195
13 Tekno Autosports Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.7715 0:00.7243
14 Tony D’Alberto Racing Dale Wood Ford Falcon FG 1:35.8865 0:00.8393
15 Team iSelect Scott Pye Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.8984 0:00.8512
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.9159 0:00.8687
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.9943 0:00.9471
18 Irwin Racing Craig Baird Ford Falcon FG 1:36.2007 0:01.1535
19 Pepsi Max Crew Owen Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.3443 0:01.2971
20 Tekno Autosports Jonny Reid Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.4368 0:01.3896
21 Supercheap Auto Racing Christian Klien Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.5832 0:01.5360
22 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE2 1:36.6128 0:01.5656
23 Lucky 7 Racing Andrew Thompson Ford Falcon FG 1:36.6664 0:01.6192
24 VIP Petfoods Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 1:37.4869 0:02.4397
25 Wilson Security Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 1:38.0148 0:02.9676
26 TeamVodafone Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 1:35.0472

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